TicketWeb Interview: The People The Poet

Somehow over the course of SXSW last month, we managed to catch Wales’ The People The Poet 3 times, and each time the rockers blew us away. We had a quick catch up with guitarist Tyla to talk about their excellent new EP ‘Paradise Closed’, their ideal festival line-up and everything in-between. Enjoy!

Firstly, how are you all?

We’re great thanks, just got back from a meeting with all the welsh artists heading to Canadian Music Week at the start of May so we’re really looking forward to that

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?

I always find it difficult describing our sound as a lot of the songs are different but Ambient-Indie with a hint of Classic Rock so if we had to create a new genre Ambient-Indie-Classic Rock!

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Who would you say your main influences are?

We all listen to different music which might show in our music but some of our influences include Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Phil Collins, Kings Of Leon, Counting Crows, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash and Pearl Jam to name a few!

What was the first record you ever bought?

Usually everyone’s first album purchase is an embarrassing one and I don’t think mine is any different. I believe it was Bon Jovi Crush which had the song “It’s My Life” on, which I think we can all agree is a hell of a tune. At least it wasn’t the Spice Girls or something!

‘Paradise Closed’ your new 6 track EP has just been released – which song are you most proud of on the record?  

If I had to choose I would probably say the closing track “When The Fire Goes Out”. We were leading up to Christmas and hadn’t released any music for a while so we gave ourselves a challenge of just going into the rehearsal space and just writing a song one weekend, recording it the weekend after then uploading the song to our Soundcloud. I think the idea was just to upload a song randomly like we would have done back in the Myspace days but we were so happy with how the song turned out we put it on the EP. It’s also my dad’s favourite song we’ve ever written so that’s gotta count for something!

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You’ve played SXSW this year and you’re off to Canada in a few weeks, what essentials do you take on the road with you?

Travel pillows! We all tried to find the best deal for a travel pillow. I believe Leon bought his at the airport where I bought mine from an American store. Mine was cheapest but I have to admit, Leon’s was the best quality! We’ll definitely be taking our travel pillows to Canada with us!

What was the last live show you went to as a punter?

I think it was City and Colour at Cardiff Great Hall. The last time they played Cardiff they played St David’s Hall which is a beautiful seated theatre with great acoustics. The Great Hall didn’t do them any favours but they still put on a great show and Dallas Green never disappoints vocally. Lucy Rose was a great support act too who I saw support Counting Crows a year or two ago.

If you could play one show anywhere in the world, where would it be and who else would be on the bill?

We’ve always thought that our music would appeal to an American audience and that has proven true with the audience reactions from our previous appearances at SXSW. So maybe Coachella with Stevie Wonder, Sigur Ros, Counting Crows, Frightened Rabbit and us opening of course!

Anything else you want to shout about?

Check out our new 2D animated music video for “Club 27” premiering over at TMRW Mag!


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